Typical Coursework Schedule for the Biomedical Sciences MD/PhD

The typical core and track-specific coursework schedule for Years M1 to G2 of the MD/PhD Biomedical Sciences degree is seen here.

For each option or track, the minimum number of elective credits required is shown. In consultation with their Dissertation Adviser, students may take additional credits. Since electives are taken during various semesters depending on when classes of interest are offered, the times for elective credits are not shown. Elective credits can include BMS 500 Foundations of Biomedical Research. BMS 596, beyond the 2 credits of the “Core Requirement,” do not count toward elective credits. BMS 600, 601, 610, or 611 credits do not count toward required elective credits.

All BMS students sign up for one credit of BMS 590 each Spring. Students who have not passed the comprehensive examination sign up for a grade. Students who have passed the comprehensive examination sign up for Audit.

BMS Program Track

  • 14 core requirement credits
  • 2 BMS required credits
  • 6 MD/PhD required credits
  • 6 elective credits

Years M1 and M2

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • Medical courses taken in Years M1 and M2 replace the BMS core curriculum and must be successfully completed

Spring Year M1

MD/PhD-Specific (number of credits)

  • Elective or electives (1 to 3)

Fall Year M2

MD/PhD-Specific (number of credits)

  • BMS 506A Biological Basis of Human Health and Disease A (2)

Spring Year M2

MD/PhD-Specific (number of credits)

  • BMS 506B Biological Basis of Human Health and Disease B (2)

At the end of the M2 years, USMLE Step 1 is taken (which replaces the candidacy examination), and students enter their dissertation lab.

Fall Year G1

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 591 Ethics (1)
  • BMS 801 Writing Grant Proposals for Biomedical Research (1)

Program-Specific

  • Colloquium (1)

Spring Year G1

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 590 Colloquium (1)

MD/PhD-Specific

  • BMS 512 Data Analysis for the Biomedical Lab Scientist (2)

Program-Specific

  • Colloquium (1)

Students take the comprehensive examination at the end of their G1 year.

Spring Year G2

Core Requirements (number of credits)

  • BMS 590 Colloquium (1)

The Colloquium requirements for the BMS Program Track can be satisfied by BCHEM 590, PSIO 501, PHARM 590, MICRO 590, MICRO 572 or VIRIM 580.